ASPEN EDUC. GROUP SECURES $15 MILLION FUNDING
(April 17, 2002) Aspen Education Group, Elliot A. Sainer
, CEO, 562.467.5507, announced it has obtained $15 million in additional funding from Warburg Pincus, the global private equity firm. The additional funds will be used to “promote company growth, while permitting Aspen to expand both its geographic reach and programs for its clients. Along with our two existing equity sponsors, Sprout Group and Frazier & Co., we are very fortunate to have three strong financial partners who support the work that we do with youth and their families,” according to Sainer.
HIDDEN LAKE ACADEMY CHAPEL BREAKS GROUND
(May 2002) Hidden Lake Academy
, Dahlonega, GA, 800-394-0640, has broken ground for the new chapel, this May, thanks to support from various donors who have contributed to the building of the new chapel.
SUWS YOUTH OFFERS EXTRANET
(May 2002) SUWS Youth, a wilderness program for coed ages 11-13, offering 4-9 week courses throughout the summer, introduces their newest field supervisor, Hanna McKenzie, MSW. Their latest program feature is SUWS Extranet, which provides secure access for parents and consultants to their child’s own website while attending SUWS.
WHITELEY MEADOWS – A “MILD” SUMMER ADVENTURE ALTERNATIVE
(May 6, 2002) Whiteley Meadows
, Clark Fork, Idaho, 208-266-1672, is offering a “mild adventure” alternative for the summer for boys 8 to 16 years old. This two-month summer program offers horseback riding, boating, tubing, fishing, bowling, camping, swimming, and lots of cookouts.
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES OF AMERICA CONTINUES GROWTH
(May 10, 2002) Mark K. Claypool
, President of Educational Services of America, 615-361-4000, announced the Nashville-based owner/operator of 19 non-public schools in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, and Arizona, joined forces with Phoenix Center for Education, a private school with 75 students in grades K-12. This transaction represents E.S.A.’s first facility in Arizona and is part of an ongoing acquisition program.
TALISMAN PROGRAMS CLARIFY INDEPENDENCE FROM STONE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL
(May 20, 2002) Sabra Scoggin, Assistant Director of Talisman Programs, Bat Cave, North Carolina, 828-625-5503 (summer), “would like to clarify their program is independent from Stone Mountain School
(SMS). Though Talisman operates under the SMS umbrella, they do not serve their student body. Talisman’s four summer programs include: Base Camp for boys and girls ages 9 – 14; TREK, wilderness backpacking for teens; Talisman Open Boat Adventures for teens; and SIGHT, designed for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. These programs specifically address the needs of children with ADD/ADHD and other behavior-related issues.
TEEN TRAK OFFERS NATIONWIDE TEEN INVESTIGATION SERVICES
(May 20, 2002) Norman Brown, Teentrak@yahoo.com
, 866-342-8336, contacted Woodbury Reports about his nationwide adolescent investigation business. They have been “locating hard-to-find people since 1991,” as well as transporting teens, offering surveillance, GPS Vehicle Monitoring, forensic testing of sexual and drug activities, and helping with child abductions. They are licensed investigators in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Washington.
CONDOLENCES TO JANE STEWART
(May 20, 2002) Ceel Kenny
, Sedona, AZ, 928-282-2728, contacted the IECA list serve to communicate: “friends of Jane, I thought you would like to know that Jane Stewart's father passed away on Friday May 10th. Happily, she had visited him when she went to IECA. He was 90 years old!!!!!!”
BUILDING BRIDGES SUMMER PROGRAM
(May 20, 2002) Steve and Jill Fairbank, Directors of Building Bridges, Thompson Falls, Montana, 406-827-9853, have implemented a “successful home school program” for young men not yet ready for a traditional public school setting. Thompson Falls High School will facilitate this by offering all classes in a one room, one teacher setting, during a different time period from the normal classes. Successful students will then eventually mainstream into the regular high school. Building Bridges’ summer program runs June 13 through August 10. Students entering after the starting date will be prorated.
ABC PRIMETIME GETS IT RIGHT FOR CATHERINE FREER WILDERNESS
(May 21, 2002) Will Twombly, (541) 926-7252, Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions
(CFWTE), announced they were featured on ABC Primetime on May 23, 2002. Woodbury Reports staff was pleased that the ABC news reporter remained with program participants throughout the entire length of the trek, and provided a relatively accurate description of the program’s activities and therapeutic work.
JIM FITZGERALD NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF INTERMOUNTAIN CHILDREN’S HOME
(May 28, 2002) Tina Johnson, Admission Director, Intermountain Children’s Home
, 406-442-7920, announced Jim FitzGerald has been appointed Executive Director of Intermountain Children’s Home and Services. He has “worked at the Home for 24 years and played a key role in developing the nationally recognized children’s mental health agency. He selected and introduced the attachment model of treatment in 1982, a treatment approach that has defined and shaped all aspects of the organization.”
OBSIDIAN ANNOUNCES NEW STAFF
(May 28, 2002) Chip Huge, Admission Director of Obsidian Schools, is pleased to announce Terry Macnamara, M.A. as their new Executive Director. She was formerly the Director of Therapy at Explorations in Trout Creek, Montana. Obsidian Schools has become a non-profit as of Februrary 2002. This summer, Obsidian’s Discovery Program for 10 –13 year olds will be serving a majority of students diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, NLD, Asperger’s Syndrome and similar PDD Neurological characteristics. To address these students’ special needs, they have added Amy Vorenkamp, MSW as program Director for the Discovery summer program.
SIERRA FRIENDS CENTER OFFERS PATHWAYS PROGRAM
(May 29, 2002) Amy Cooke
, Director, Sierra Friends Center, Nevada City, CA 95959, 530-273-3183, announces Pathways, a new program starting this fall for post-high school graduates that combines service opportunities, living in simplicity and awareness of environmental sustainability, with an exploration into one’s inner “calling.” Ten participants only are accepted into each session. Two three-week sessions will be held in the fall semester, from Sept 29 to October19 or October 27 to November 16, with a with a full twelve-week session in the spring, from March 2 to May 24. The Sierra Friends Center offers 230 acres of woods, meadows and ponds, with its activities guided by Quaker principles and a belief in simple living and sustainability.
BOULDER CREEK ACADEMY STUDENTS RETURN FROM BELIZE
(May 31, 2002) A student group from Boulder Creek Academy
, Bonners Ferry, Idaho, 877-348-0848, “full of mesmerizing stories of ancient Mayan Ruins,” returned from a ten-day adventure travel experience in Belize. BCA Director LaTresa Pemp and Academic Dean Earl Frank led the students through marine biology lectures, snorkeling, jungle treks, and breathtaking scenery. “Our painting of the community center on Ambergris Cay was a powerful and validating experience for our group and [was] so graciously received by the community,” according to LaTresa. Upcoming BCA adventure travel excursions are planned for: the Salmon River, Glacier National Park, Mount Ranier, a Priest Lake Kayak Trip, Sailing the San Juan Islands, the Lewis and Clark Photography Excursion and a Paleontology Dinosaur Dig.
POSITIVE IMPACT ANNOUNCES NEW STAFF
(June 2002) Linda Zimmerman, Consultant Communications, Positive Impact, 505-796-0339, reports additions to the Positive Impact staff. Curtis Washington, Ph.D. has joined the clinical staff with a doctorate in Professional Psychology, along with Jonathan Mack, EdM, DCMHP, LPC, who has a master’s degree in counseling psychology, specializing in addictive disorders. Mack was the former Assistant Clinical Director at the Rancho Valmora RTC in New Mexico. Mandy Macaskill, who holds a master’s degree in social work, has been with PI since February of 2002. New teachers include Jeanne Hammonds, a certified teacher and reading specialist and Daniel Herzer, a Juris Doctorate cum laude who has specific expertise to implement PI’s new on-site Marine Science course. Sandra Mack, former Art Director for Rancho Valmora will oversee the mural projects this summer, and will teach a college-level drawing course.
STILL SOME SPACE ON DENMAN’S SUMMER ALPINE TREK
(June 2002) Educational Consultant, David Denman, Sausalito, CA, 415-332-1831, still has room on his July 21 to August 3 Summer Alpine trek from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland, for boys ages 16-19. “Although not organized as a therapeutic experience, the trek would be a superb transition for a boy who needs a boost moving on through adolescence.” In the summer of 2003, in addition to the boy’s trip, he’ll lead a separate trip for girls with a female mountain guide. Enrollment for those hikes begins in September.
LINDEN HILL SCHOOL OFFERS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
(June 2002) Linden Hill School
, Northfield, MA, 413-498-2906, is honoring the services provide by consultants by establishing “The Consultant-Trustee Opportunity/Scholarship Program” for students who, among other criteria, are nominated/proposed for this program by an Educational Consultant. Completed nomination forms should be faxed to the Office of the Headmaster and Executive Director (Michael P. Holland) at 413-498-2908 (FAX). Linden Hill’s Summer Session, combining morning academics with afternoon traditional camp activities and weekend overnight trips, runs July 1 through August 1.
VALLEY VIEW SCHOOL IMPLEMENTS NLD STAFF TRAINING
(June 2002) Philip Spiva, Ph.D., Director of Valley View School, North Brookfield, MA, 508-867-6505, a residential school for boys, reported that due to the economy and graduations, a few spaces will be opening for July, and possibly in September. They also have implemented an aggressive focus on nonverbal learning disabilities that has involved staff training, particularly for their teachers, as well as guest speakers, workshops and augmenting their library resources. They also have been underwriting the Rick Bulger’s graduate training to obtain his Masters of Social Work degree, and look forward to introducing him at the next IECA meeting in Washington, D.C.
SUZIE WEISMAN IS BRUSH RANCH’S NEW ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR
(June 03, 2002) Kay Rice
, MA, Head of Brush Ranch School, Tererro, New Mexico, 505-757-6114, is pleased to announce that Suzie Weisman will soon be directing admissions after learning the ropes from current Admissions Director, Trish Williams-Neusch, who is leaving to pursue her own educational goals. Neusch was married this May to a “wonderful man who will be participating in a fellowship at Princeton University.”
CEDU’S ASCENT ADDS THREE NEW COURSES
(June 3, 2002) CEDU’s Ascent
program, Admissions Director, Paul Johnson, (800) 974-1999, International: +1 (208) 267-3626, is offering a new 6 week, Single Gender Female backpacking adventure for 9 young women ages 13-17 that “allows for more discussion of gender issues and …specific emotional issues including body image and eating. Enrollment is June 26 - July 3, 2002. A new six-week Younger Student Course offers 9 preadolescents, ages 12-14, a powerful "wake-up call” that also demonstrates “a positive, healthy life full of natural adventure and the fun of youth.” Enrollment runs June19 – 26th. Also being launched is a three-week Assessment Program that includes standardized psycho-educational assessment for each child. Designed for students returning to school in September, it provides goal setting and preparation for the academic year.
SOLTREKS RELOCATES TO TWO HARBORS, MN
(June 5, 2002) Soltreks, Inc. of Duluth, MN recently relocated to Two Harbors, just 20 miles north of Duluth along Lake Superior. The Barn, a renovated late 1800's barn, houses the base operations of the Summer Adventure Program. Located within a mile of the Superior Hiking Trail, the barn brings Soltreks closer to the north woods. Soltreks can be found at: 2346 Hwy. #3, Two Harbors, MN 55616. Telephone: 218-834-4607 and fax: 218-834-6616. Visits are welcomed!
MIKE FORMAN IS NEW ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR AT NEW DOMINION
(June 7, 2002) Mike Forman has become the new Admissions Director at New Dominion School
, Dillwyn, Virginia, 804-983-2051. Forman has worked at New Dominion as a Family Worker for the past two years, and will replace Bob Tonetti, is moving with his wife, Debbie, to the Gulf Coast of Florida as of the 22nd of June.
SQUAREONE REFINES PROGRAM
(June 11, 2002) SquareOne, Sandpoint, Idaho, 208-775-9048, Doug McKnight, CEO, with founding partners, Mary Sims, L.C.S.W., Larry Blakey, and Rob Spear further refined their program to combine their expertise in outdoor experiential education with the consistent integration of individual and family therapy. Program participants will experience the wilderness in three to four-day blocks of time in groups of no more than five members. In between blocks, they return to the small 40- acre ranch facility for action oriented activities such as hiking and kayaking, combined with chores and exercise workouts. The culminating family workshop helps the family and the referring professionals to come an effective plan for long-term success
TONY DeVALL VISITS WOODBURY REPORTS
(June 11, 2002) Mildy McDaniel stopped by Woodbury Reports to introduce Tony DeVall, her new assistant at Intermountain Hospital, Boise, Idaho, and to describe the expansion of their adolescent residential program, which has added 30 beds. She also mentioned one of their therapists, Bonnie Thorpe, has been certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
ALLDREDGE ACADEMY SUIT SETTLED
(June 12, 2002) It was announced that the suit against Alldredge Academy, Davis, West Virginia, 888-468-1828 regarding the death of Ryan Lewis almost one and a half years ago, was settled. Charges against L. Jay Mitchell and John Weston were dismissed with prejudice, and the court accepted a plea of Nolo Contendere by Alldredge Academy, meaning they decided to not contest the charges without admitting guilt, which carries a maximum fine of $5,000. Copies of the Court documents can be found in the Breaking News section of Woodbury Reports Online
MEL WASSERMAN MEMORIAL AT HIDDEN LAKES GOLF RESORT
(June12, 2002) On Monday, July 22, 2002, at 2:00pm there will be a Selkirk School Scramble & Mel Wasserman Memorial for the year 2002. This golf tournament is for players of all abilities. According to Stacy Wasserman-Temple, Tournament Coordinator for Selkirk School, Sandpoint, Idaho, 208-263-4931, the tournament will generate sponsorship funds that will be utilized in increasing the funding for Selkirk School. Meals will be waiting for players after the round, with a silent auction taking place during dinner.
BROWN SCHOOLS LAUNCHES SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
(June 12, 2002) Marguerite Sallee, President and CEO for The Brown Schools
, Sandpoint, Idaho, 208-265-0607, announced their new scholarship program for the CEDU Emotional Growth Boarding Schools, including Boulder Creek Academy, CEDU High School, CEDU Middle School, Northwest Academy, and Rocky Mountain Academy. Providing discounts to families who are not able to pay the full tuition, these scholarships will be based on level of need and available space. The goal is to provide $1 million dollars in scholarship assistance each year. This complements the financial aid services already offered through loans, third-party reimbursement, discounts, and foundation giving. Families whose financial situations change while enrolled can apply for assistance from the Friends of CEDU Foundation, created by alumni parents to help families complete the emotional growth program.
ACADEMY AT CEDAR MT. SUES LOTT'S LEGACY, THE FARROWS & SHEL MANN
(June 15, 2002) Bruce S. Hughes, 435-867-1111 Founding Board Member for Academy at Cedar Mountain, Cedar City, Utah, 877-723-3729, announced the filing of a law suit against Bernie and Arlene Farrow, Shel Mann, and Lott's Legacy Youth Program, Escalante, Utah, Emilee Lott, co-owner, 435-826-4878. This announcement contains a response to a letter by Shel Mann, which has been circulating on the Internet the last few days to correct "the vast amount of incorrect information and confusing stories being told to parents, students and other parties." A full copy of the announcement, the Shel Mann letter, and any additional pertinent information will be contained in the Breaking News section of Woodbury Reports Online